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Top skills that'll get you a job when you graduate

There are so many graduates now in the job market, employers will look for evidence of skills and work experience, which will make you stand out from the crowd. Start gathering them now or work on what you've got so you are ready to impress employers.

Employers place much emphasis on finding candidates with the right skills and competencies for their organizations. Depending on the career sector and profession you choose to work in, there could be very specific skills, abilities, and knowledge needed to do the job.
However, complementing these are general competencies and behaviors that are essential for successful working. These are often overlooked by candidates, but they are the things recruitment professionals want to see evidence of.


The good news is that you might possess these skills to some extent.

The better news is that most of you with weaknesses in these areas can improve your skills through training, professional development, or obtain coaching/mentoring from someone who understands these skills.

The best news is that once you understand the skills and characteristics that most employers want, you can tailor your job-search communication, your resume, cover letter, and interview language — to showcase how well your background aligns with common employer requirements.

I’ve curated a list of the most desirable skills and values in today’s job market

Skills that'll get you a job when you graduate
1 Commercial awareness
2 Problem solving
3 Communication
4 Organization
5 Teamwork
6 Ability to work under pressure
7 Negotiation and persuasion
8 Confidence & courage
9 Leadership
10 Perseverance and motivation


1. Commercial awareness (or business acumen): This is about knowing how a business or industry works and what makes a company tick. Showing that you have an understanding of what the organization wants to achieve through its products and services, and how it competes in its marketplace.

2. Problem-solving: You need to display an ability to take a logical and analytical approach to solving problems and resolving issues. It's also good to show that you can approach problems from different angles.

3. Communication: This covers verbal and written communication, and listening. It's about being clear, concise and focused; being able to tailor your message for the audience and listening to the views of others.

4. Organization: This is about showing that you can prioritize, work efficiently and productively, and manage your time well. It's also good to be able to show employers how you decide what is important to focus on and get done, and how you go about meeting deadlines.

5. Teamwork: You'll need to prove that you're a team player but also have the ability to manage and delegate to others and take on responsibility. It's about building positive working relationships that help everyone to achieve goals and business objectives.

6. Ability to work under pressure: This is about keeping calm in a crisis and not becoming too overwhelmed or stressed.

7. Negotiation and persuasion: This is about being able to put forward your way, but also being able to understand where the other person is coming from so that you can both get what you want or need and feel positive about it.

8. Confidence: In the workplace, you need to strike the balance of being confident in yourself but not arrogant, but also have confidence in your colleagues and the company you work for.

9. Leadership: You may not be a manager straight away, but graduates need to show potential to motivate teams and other colleagues that may work for them. It's about assigning and delegating tasks well, setting deadlines and leading by a good example.

10. Perseverance and motivation: Employers want people to have a bit of get-up-and-go. Working life presents many challenges and you need to show employers that you're the kind of person who will find a way through, even when the going gets tough... and stay cheerful-ish.


Here are some tips for developing the skills employers want
  1. Make the most of university life and extracurricular activities to develop your general skills.
  2. Plan early to get relevant work experience and voluntary work which will give you transferable that will make you work ready: have something lined up for each vacation, and get ready for formal placement and internship applications at the beginning of your second year.
  3. Religiously record the skills you gain and work experience activities you do so that you can pull out good examples on applications and in interviews.
  4. Network! Use family, friends, and contacts to get work experience and to find out more about career areas that interest you.
  5. Visit your university's careers service: find out whether it runs any employability skills sessions; sign up for relevant courses and workshops; get help from a careers adviser to write a CV that really showcases your competencies and abilities.
  6. Take advantage of careers fairs and employer presentations: talk direct to recruiters to find out what they look for.
  7. Always do your homework before applying for jobs. Employer research will help you identify the skills and competencies a particular organization places most emphasis on. In turn, you can tailor your application so that it stands out. 

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